Arpie and Maral Bridal Couture

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


I get seriously excited when I get the chance to show off a new bridal designer, it’s like being a kid in a candy store! So many beautiful things to look at, so many designs to get inspired by! Melbourne based designers Arpie and Maral popped up on my radar last year and I was delighted to hear from them recently.

With a clean, structured designed sense, the girls take inspiration from the finest fabrics and embroidery techniques to create unique gowns tailored to each bride’s style and sensibilities. I love the solid beauty of the fabrics they’ve chosen in this collection, they look clean and sophisticated but still lend themselves to unexpected beading and detailing to take the gown from something plain to something really customised and beautiful.

Each gown is custom made for it’s wearer with a four step process- including five fittings to ensure your gown fits like a glove.

The Arpie & Maral girls don’t just make gowns either, with their techniques in french beading they’ve designed their own range of beautiful veils, hairbands, hair flowers and jewels. Made using Swarovski crystals, the hair accessories range is available to purchase through Arpie and Maral’s online store.

Photos by Arpie & Maral

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Vendor of the Week – Fiorenza Bridal

by | Blog News, Bride


It’s another Monday morning and I am glad to be back! There is something a little gleeful about Mondays after a fantastic weekend isn’t there? It gives you just a bit of oomph for the week ahead!

We can’t, of course, start our Monday without a showcase of  Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

Every week we’re adding more new vendors to the pages of our directory- from wedding gown designers, to wedding florists, wedding celebrants and event stylists. Our pages are filled with so many fantastic, talented venues that make me feel so honoured to show up and write for you each day. So many talented people that can help make your wedding vision come to life!

One thing about weddings is the ability to wear the most amazing gown of your life. So the vendor of the week I introduce to you today just might help you out on that front! Fiorenza Bridal is a label started by Brisbane designer Pina Fiorenza. Pina has had over twenty years of designing beautiful gowns  and has created her own ready to wear label. With her gowns available in stores across Australia, Pina’s latest collection is filed with the silhouettes of the 1940’s and 1950’s. Each gown is named after a beautiful woman who influenced Pina’s life.

We asked Pina of Fiorenza Bridal five questions in five minutes.

What is your favourite after five drink?

Dry martini with an olive – ‘that’s amore’

Your favourite weekend getaway?

Fishing with my son in law. He is very confident in the water and I am not! Secure, tranquil bliss!

Favourite restaurant?

I have a favourite in every city; in Brisbane it is Ecco

What can we find you eating for breakfast on a Sunday morning?

When I get up on Sunday it’s almost noon – so it could be pizza…or scrambled pizza!

Your favourite wedding story?

A survivor of cancer designing and creating her wedding gown during chemotherapy; and then seeing her recently with 3 beautiful children.

Visit Fiorenza Bridal’s page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week. Fiorenza Bridal is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

Snapshot Sunday – Let It Snow

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


Photo by David Moore Photography

Felicia and Derek’s Mood For Love Engagement Shoot

by | Bride, Engagements


Felicia and Derek

Late last year I was dusting off my archives and stumbled across this beautiful shoot Nattnee Photography had sent me. I think it’s time to let it see the light with it’s fantastic concept, inspired by a movie!

Nattnee explains, “For our shoot, inspiration came from the movie In the Mood for Love. Set in 1960s Hong Kong, it tells a tale of nobly unrequited love. In it the female lead, Maggie Cheung, wears upwards of 20 different qipaos, or traditional Chinese dresses.”


“Armed with a retro inspired black dress, a couple of qipaos (traditional Chinese dresses) and a conveniently borrowed Jaguar, we set about recreating the feel of the movie. The final series of shots was taken inside the Vietnamese restaurant SaigonSaigon, who were kind enough to let us utilise their facilities prior to dinner service.””


Photographer: Nattnee Photography / Makeup Artist: Yvonne Chiu / Hairstylist: Cut Lounge / Bride’s Dress: Star by JulienMacdonald / Custom qipao : Good Orient / Groom’s Attire: Oxford / Groom's Tie: Tie World / White Shirt: Boston Brothers